• Best Medium Festival 2013 & 2016 Best Small Festival 2010 & 2011, Best Toilets 2015!

  • "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

  • "Run to the hills for this small, family-friendly indie-dance festival. Small but beautifully formed"  - The Independent

  • "I loved Kendal Calling!"  - Mark Chadwick, The Levellers

  • "It's unlike any other festival. One of the highlights of summer!"  - The Charlatans

  • "Kendal Calling is the best small festival in anywhere and everywhere!"  - Seasick Steve

  • "It's like Glastonbury at its best!! Happy beautiful people from the north. Long live Kendal Calling!"  - Doves

Kendal Calling: Where Are They Now?


With Kendal Calling fast approaching its twelfth event, we thought it would be nice to take a look back over our past lineups and see how some of the acts have fared since appearing on our stages.

In the first edition, we take a look back at those who first played between the years of our very first event in 2006 and 2010.


British Sea Power


Appearing with us in front of 900 people as they closed our first ever festival, British Sea Power are one of Kendal Calling’s more frequent guests. They have since been back in 2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015 and will no doubt visit Lowther Deer Park again in the future. In the time since that first appearance, the Kendal band have released 7 albums and release their crowd-funded 8th, ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’, on March 31st.



Back in 2007 when the band was only two years old and didn’t even have an album to their name, they came to entertain at our second event. In the ten years that have followed, the Oxford five-piece have become one of the UK’s biggest bands – releasing four albums, being nominated twice for a Mercury Music prize,  nominated for Best British Band at the Brits, winning a number of awards for their live show plus headlined the likes of Reading & Leeds, Bilbao BBK and Benicassim. Well done boys!

Wild Beasts

After their set at our second event, we invited this Kendal born band back to our fields in 2010. At the time, they were touring in support of their second album, the brilliant, Mercury Prize nominated, ‘Two Dancers’. Since then, the four-piece have gone on to release three more records, the brilliant ‘Boy King’ being their most recent.


Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are one of those acts who, after you see them live, leave you baffled at how they aren’t bigger than they are! We invited the band back in 2013, by which time they had 5 records under their belts. In January of last year they went on to release their 6th, the very good ‘Curve of the Earth’. Give it a listen if you haven’t already!


Frank Turner

2009 was the First time that Frank played for us before he returned once more in 2011 and then again in 2014 to headline our event. In that time Turner got to put out a few more records, increased his profile and performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! Currently, after recently hitting the 2000th live show, Frank is, as expected, out on the road again. Here’s to 2000 more!

Kate Tempest


Kate Tempest is a great example of hard work paying off. Her 2014 Mercury Prize nomination for her debut record, ‘Everybody Down’, helped her to receive the attention that she had been deserving for so long. Kate would return to us in 2015 and the release of her second record has seen her popularity grow further, having recently sold out the likes of the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

Mumford & Sons

We got to welcome Mumford & Sons to our stage in the very early days of the band. At that time, they had only recently purchased instruments for themselves, having recorded their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ – which came out a couple of months after the Kendal appearance – using the equipment in the studio. The release of their second record ‘Babel’ helped propel the band to world fame, which was further established with the release of their third in 2015.


Calvin Harris

His performance at our 2010 event would be one of his last as the lead vocalist of a band. At the time, Calvin Harris was one of the UK’s biggest acts but now he is arguably the biggest EDM artist in the world. After becoming a DJ full time, Harris rose to prominence in 2011 following a European and Australian tour with Rihanna which led to the duo working on a couple of tracks together, most notably, ‘We Found Love’.  His many collaborations and two records since the KC set has led to Harris currently being the highest paid EDM act around. Not too shabby!


4 years after ‘that’ Treadmill video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ (which had 52m views before the band removed it and won them a Grammy) the US act came to visit us. It was a memorable set that featured dancing Smurfs, Stormtroopers and mimes. As for now, they have only released one more album since their performance at Lowther Deer Park, but they are still making music videos that gets everybody talking.

Michael Kiwanuka


We managed to snag Michael Kiwanuka at a very early stage in his career playing on, what was, our Kaylied Stage (now Calling Out) . He has since gone on to win the BBC Sound of award in 2012 and release two critically acclaimed records.

First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters headlined our Kaylied Stage on the Friday night in 2010, a few months after the release of their debut record. From then, their stature has grown considerably and they now have three albums to their name. They also very recently teased the fact that they’ve gone into the studio to record album #4.

Keep your eyes peeled for our second edition and our 2017 lineup coming soon!

Ben, Andy & The KC Team x

Kendal Calling Ticket News!


A brand new year is upon us and with some very exciting #KC17 plans shaping up rather nicely we cannot wait to be back in the beautiful Deer Park in the Lake District once again.

 With only 207 days (and counting!) to go, it can’t come soon enough! Tickets are currently on sale priced at £135 outright or just £25 per month on our payment plan.

Just think a Kendal Calling ticket is all you need to banish the January blues! :) 

 Tickets are selling extremely fast and we expect this tier of tickets to be sold out in the next couple of weeks, at which point ticket won’t be available until the line-up is revealed!

With the capacity of Kendal Calling not increasing this year, we can guarantee you’ll have lots of fun in the fields, while not spending hours queuing at a bar, which we might add stocks our very own Kendal Calling beer! With lots of activities and attractions for all the family, 12 performance stages, a wonderful Woodlands area plus fantastic artists performing, #KC17 should definitely be date you need to pop in your new 2017 diary (27th – 31st July).

Kendal Calling is all about great times, great entertainment and great friends. We look forward to seeing you in the fields!

 Andy, Ben & The KC Team.

Christmas release tickets on-sale!



Christmas release tickets for #KC17 are now on-sale at just £21.43 per month or £135 outright. Kendal Calling is selling quicker than ever this year so don’t dilly dally!

These will come with a Kendal Calling Christmas card arriving just in time for Christmas so you can pop in a loved ones stocking!

Grab a ticket today, and we’ll #seeyouinthefields!  

We’ve won ‘Best Medium Festival’ in the UK Festival Awards!


We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that voted for Kendal Calling. It’s such an honour to once again be named as the ‘Best Medium’ Festival in the UK Festival Awards!

We can’t wait to be back in the fields in 2017 helping to create many more memories! 




Play at Kendal Calling 2017!


Calling all bands and artists who are interested in playing at Kendal Calling 2017!

We’ve teamed up with Music Glue to bring you our artist application. Just click on the link to apply and you could be joining us in Lowther Deer Park next summer playing. 


Deer Lodge is now on sale!

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Stay in style at Kendal Calling 2017 in the Deer Lodge!

We have a range of accommodation structures allowing you to camp under the stars in style and comfort. Take your pick today!

Deer Lodge always sells out super quick, so we’d advise purchasing early to avoid any disappointment.

You will have access to the following, included with your boutique camping:

Free car parking, clean enviro loos, free hot showers, a dedicated concierge to look after you during your stay.

*Those with a Thursday ticket can stay for in their accommodation from 9am Thursday*

**Please note prices do not include your festival ticket**

We’ve been nominated in the UK Festival Awards!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for not one, not two, but THREE awards in the UK Festival Awards.

We need your help by voting for us in the below categories here. Let’s round off the best Kendal Calling yet, by helping us win an award.

Without your amazing support, Kendal Calling wouldn’t have become the festival it has become today, so we wanted to say a big THANK YOU!

Best Medium Festival,
Best Family Festival,
Best Toilets,

Ps. By voting you could be in with the chance of winning the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win a pair of Isolate Ear Protectors + 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award.

Tickets for Kendal Calling 2017 are on sale – grab one today and we’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Earlybird tickets now on-sale from £11.82 pm or £115 outright!

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Join us in the fields in 2017 as earlybird tickets go on-sale from just £11.82 pm or £115 outright, here!

Early-bird monthly payment plan tickets are £11.83 (£115 outright) and once sold out will go to release two £12.73 (£125 outright) then release three at £13.18 (£130 outright).

Emperors Fields, Live in vehicles, child tickets and more available now. Deer Lodge will be on-sale in the coming days.

See you in the fields in 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Kendal Calling Merchandise Store!


Missed out on the chance to take home Kendal Calling merchandise? From hoodies and t-shirts, to copies of our Kendal Calling magazine, take a look at our store today to grab a bargain before it’s too late.

Happy Shopping!

Dates & Ticket news for 2017


We are still reminiscing over this years marvellous memories you’ve made yet we’re already looking forward to 2017. Only 51 weeks to go! Kendal Calling will take place 27-30th of July 2017 in Lowther Deer Park, the beautiful Lake District.

We will be keeping the prices the same as 2015/2016; Earlybird tickets will be on-sale from 9am Tuesday morning at £11.83 per month or £115 outright.

Tickets will be available here, via the ticket page.

See you in the fields next year,

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x


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People often ask if we ever imagined that Kendal Calling would become the hive of music, arts, comedy and mayhem in the fields it is today.

Truth is when we started out back in 2006 as a gang of music loving festival goers we only hoped that there would be enough people out there just like us who wanted an annual shindig in the Lake District scenery.

It turned out there were more than a few people who were excited about the fields of Cumbria being bought to life with music and arts festival.

And it’s all those people we would like to thank from the very bottom of our hearts. We have the same small gang of us working to bring you Kendal Calling each year, but without the love care and attention brought by the now hundreds of additional crew, caterers, market stalls, volunteers, artists, technicians, stewards, gate staff, security, designers, promotions teams, bar staff, estate staff, local farmers, local residents, council representatives, police, St Johns, welfare, Samaritans, friends, family and so many more people involved there would be no Kendal Calling as we know it.

We salute everyone who is involved in putting together the event this year and who has played a part, however big or small over the last eleven years too.

But most importantly we say a massive thank you, to every one of the revellers helping to make Kendal Calling what it is!

Thanks, Andy, Ben & KC Team x



We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all festival goers who have bought a #KC16 ticket!

We are extremely excited for this year’s festival, it’s 11th consecutive year sold out and can’t wait to be back in the fields.

With a Real Ale festival, our brand new The Emperor’s Gin Emporium, newly commissioned sculptures, performance art, talks, pop up cinema, huge headliners and our magical Garden of Eden, we know this year is going to be just as fun as the past ten years!

3 days and counting till we are back in the fields!

#seeyouinthefields Andy, Ben & The KC Team.

The Northern Festivals Network brings top quality performance art to Kendal Calling!

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Kendal Calling is not just about the music and this year we are pleased to have some fantastic art programming, which has been supported by The Northern Festivals Network and Arts Council England.

These walkabout family shows are not to be missed!

Walkabout shows include:

Reynard the Fox – is a new piece of engaging outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages, using The Fabularium’s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and all performed upon their traditional wooden cart. It will feature storytelling, puppetry, original live music and The Fabularium’s bespoke animal headpieces. This production is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry University and the Social Enterprise Hub, Wandsworth Fringe, Warwick District Council and Just So Festival.

Raree Man’s Peepshow - The peepshow was one of the most popular forms of street entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries – not only depicting scenes for amusement, but often as away to educate, showcase exotic scenarios and present moral tales. An outdoor, storytelling show presented by The Raree Man (showman Tony Lidington) to a surrounding crowd, with a select, smaller group, able to view the animated scenes through the peepholes, just as they did in centuries gone by.

Copper dollar – is an award winning immersive performance company that has been producing shows since 2008!

Le Cheval Solitaire – Join us to enjoy the nostalgia of the fairground in this interactive treat for under 5’s and their

accompanying adults.

See you in the fields in 2 days!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Water bar will keep festival goers hydrated!

United Utilities will be keeping festival goers at this year’s Kendal Calling well hydrated, with a free water bar.

The company, one of the main sponsors of this year’s festival at Lowther Deer Park,  will be providing free drinking water for revellers, and giving away 10,000 free reusable water bottles.

John Hilton, United Utilities’ Project Director for West Cumbria said: “We’re thrilled to be a supporter of this year’s Kendal Calling, and are looking forward to keeping everyone well hydrated with our free water bar.

“It’s been a tough year for Cumbria so far, with the area still recovering from the devastating floods at the start of the year. The festival is a welcome opportunity for people to let their hair down. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

Check out our Kendal Calling Info Pack!


Getting ready for Kendal Calling?

We’ve popped together a very handy information pack so you have all the essential information you need!

Kendal Calling Info Pack

Before you set off on your journey to the fields please check out the travel page here for the most up to date travel information.

Follow us on @intheFieldsLIVE for up to date information!

We’ll see you in the fields in 3 days!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Important welfare message


Important welfare message

You’re our festival family and we have a very important message we want you to read.

“We’re looking forward to another amazing weekend in the fields at Kendal Calling.

“Kendal Calling is a community and a family. We’re all in the fields together and we want everyone to stay safe and have the best possible time.

“Make sure you eat well, get some sleep and stay hydrated. Take care of yourself and your friends and think carefully about the decisions you make. The dangers of drugs and substance abuse are well documented and the results can be fatal.

“All of our stewards, security and welfare staff are on hand any time of day and night to help you. Don’t hesitate to come to us with any worries, concerns or issues you have while at the festival.

“We’ve worked all year to make something magical for you to enjoy, so stay safe look out for each other and have a great time.”

You can visit the welfare team over at the welfare tent in the Village Green (open 24 hours) or located next to Calling Out open during opening arena hours. They can give you a well-earned break from festival life and treat any injuries both big and small all the way to any drugs or alcohol related issues. Please take care of one another to keep Kendal a safe and superb place.

Andy & Ben, Festival Directors.

Kendal Calling’s priorities are to:

Prevent illegal drugs getting on site

Pursue anyone suspected of supplying drugs

Protect our festival goers Protection of festival goers is at the heart of Kendal Calling. Working closely with Cumbria Police, the festival will continue to maintain a robust approach to anyone attempting to bring drugs, including so-called ‘legal highs’, into the event. Measures on site will include:

Rigorous search-on-entry, including trained staff and detection dogs at all entrances.

Monitoring and analysis of any drugs seized.

Proactive communication including use of social media to warn of any high-risk substances found.

Drugs and alcohol advice point within the welfare facility, with confidential advice for any festival-goers who have concerns.

The message is simple: There is no safe way to take drugs. Don’t attempt to bring or take drugs at Kendal Calling.

Superintendent Justin Bibby of Cumbria Police said:

“Enjoy this event but please be aware of the potential dangers of taking either illegal drugs or new psychoactive substances – you can never be sure of what they contain. I want everyone that visits the festival to return home to their loved ones; understand the risks – a cheap high is not worth dying for.

“We will be working closely with the event security teams to prevent illegal substances being supplied and used and we will be using all means at our disposal to achieve it.” 

Please stay safe in the fields folks!

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New for 2016: The Emperor’s Gin Emporium!

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The simple gin and tonic is one of Britain’s favourite drinks. Add ice, lemon, quibble over lime versus cucumber or go one step further and even add in the very on-trend pink grapefruit. Whatever you prefer the timeless gin and tonic really does cure all ills – or at least make you forget about them! Head over to our very own gin bar, The Emperor’s Gin Emporium (located next to the Woodlands real ale bar), in which we’ve carefully collated a handful of our favourite local gins infused with Fever Tree mixers. It’s a simple stunning drink you can’t not try a tipple of!

Gin’s available include:

The Lakes Gin

Steampunk Gin

Bulldog Gin

Bathtub Gin

Tanqueray Gin

Tanqueray 10

Chai Wallah Highlights!


Chai Wallah returns to Kendal Calling 2016. This unique touring venue has played host to some of the best cutting edge music on the festival circuit over the last 12 years and this year will be no exception!

Expect an ecleptic journey through the very best in afrobeat, funk, hip hop, alternative, reggae, electronica, pyshchedlic, folk, brass, world music and everything in between.

Renowned for their incredible sound system and legendary party vibes Chai Wallahs also provides an array of hot booze brews, cocktails, smoothies & juices, pizza’s and pasta’s and the traditional breakfast.  It’s a great place to kick back, refill, refresh and kick off again.

Previous artists have included the likes of Rag N Boneman, Will & The People, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Dreadzone, The Mouse Outfit, Reeps One, Hidden Orchestra, The John Langan Band, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Little Dragon, Zion Train, Ghostpoet,Prince Fatty, Broken Brass Ensemble, Wrongtom, The Apples, Jungle By Night, MX Xander, Kate Tempest & Jamie Woon This years line up has been programmed to offer non stop goodness and sooth you through the earlier part of the day with a selection of folk and alternative music and then…. continually build your festival spirit throughout the day with different upbeat, feel good arty vibes.

Thursday night we will be pushing the funky vibes, Friday the crazy carnival vibes, Saturday the bass heavy reggae and dance vibes, and Sunday the hip hop, beats, breaks and block party vibes.

Just pitch up on Thursday night and stay for whole weekend! (but if you do have a busy festival schedule then be sure to make time for the following highlights from our program).

Jenna & The G’s

Hot Feet

The Conservoitoir Folk Ensemble

Will Varley

Jalen N’Gonda

Soom T

Luke Potter

Sam Green & The mIdnight Heist

Akua Naru

The Mouseoutfit

The Allergies

HMV digital and Kendal Calling join forces!


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We have teamed up with HMV digital as our official download partner for Kendal Calling 2016.

Head over here to download and listen to some of the artists appearing this year in the fields!

Stay tuned for more news and exclusive releases.

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

ONE MONTH till we are back in the fields!

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ONE MONTH till we are back in the fields!

It’s time to go festival shopping as it is a month today until Kendal Calling! With our huge headliners ready and raring to go, we can’t wait for the 11th instalment, which is jam packed with amazing acts, comedy geniuses, daring dance acts, fine food, and a top theme which will see the fields turn alight with awash of bright colours, feathers and glitter.

With less than 700 tickets left we thought we’d shout out about some of the astounding areas that make up Kendal Calling. So sit back, grab a brew (or a Kend’ale!) and feast your eyes upon some of our top picks!

Main Stage

Pop down to our Main Stage to see our huge headliners, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rudimental, Madness & The Charlatans.

Plus, catch Catfish & The Bottlemen, Everything Everything, Band of Skulls, The Hives, We Are Scientists plus many more!

View the full line-up here.

Glow Tent

3,2,1, when the crowd say Bo, Selecta! Bringing his huge hits to the fields is Craig David whose notorious noughties hits (can I get a Re-Rewind) is sure to bring the grime generation out in full force to the Glow Tent. It’s sure to be a glorious comeback set!

You can also catch Toddla T, David Rodigan MBE, Redlight and many more legendary DJ’s!

View the full line-up here.

Calling Out

 One of the most exciting stages at Kendal Calling this year we are super thrilled to have Peter Doherty, Blossoms and Ghostpoet making headline appearances.

Ones to watch is definitely quartet girl band The Big Moon who exude energy and tight harmonies and definitely set for stardom!

View the full line-uo here.


Troubadour legend Donovan will be making a special guest appearance on our Woodlands stage, plus you can catch up-and coming bands such as Plastic Mermaids, Dorey The Wise and Kid Kapichi.

View the full line-up here.


Are you a big film fanatic? Or just love settling down and watching a classic comedy armed with plentiful tub of popcorn and some irresistible ice-cream? If so, then welcome to the Kendal Calling cinema!

Returning by popular demand our cinema is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival where film fans of all ages can enjoy big blockbusters, kid’s favourites and cult classics.

This year’s line-up features firm favourites, so without further a do head over to view the full line-up, originally trailers and film synopsis of our all cast movie mix!

The Theme

This year Kendal Calling is going to throw its most colourful celebration to date! From the samba-shaking streets of Rio – to the stunningly scenic hills of The Lake District – Kendal Calling’s ‘Carnival of Colour’ is going to be an eclectic mix of magnificent parades, feathery frolics and frenetic energy. Click here to read on!

Carnival Of Colour Parade!

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Feathers and glitter… or a dubiously 1990s tie-dye shirt? Whatever your take on Kendal Calling’s 2016 theme, a Carnival of Colour, you’re cordially invited to join our Saturday afternoon parade across the festival.

Expect a hustling, bustling jaunt through the fields, in hot pursuit of Mr Wilsons Second Liners, the infectious, critically acclaimed 90s rave-come-New Orleans outfit (with great outfits to boot!). This brassy ensemble will lead the Carnival of Colour parade through the fields from the official carnival meeting point, which is outside the cinema at 2pm.

Come one, come all and bring your friends: don’t miss the opportunity to shake a leg all the way up to the Tim Peaks ten. From giant birds to eerily masked wanderers, a host of colourful characters are set to join you as you shimmy through the fields.

We are also offering families free carnival-themed arts and crafts – from musical instrument making to carnival masks and flashing lanterns plus how to sew tutus, headbands and bracelets – all in Kids Calling!

With performances from TV’s Driftwood Bay musicians, circus skills, RockaHulaHoopa, face painting, carnival percussion, Mr Bounce’s extraordinary inflatables, and a different disco theme every evening.

Saturday 2pm outside the cinema. Be there, and be colourful.

Revealing the JagerHaus line-up!


The ‪JagerHaus makes a return to the fields with an amazing line-up!

Made up of The Lodge, The Backyard, The Warehouse and The Loft, the Jägerhaus will feature recently discovered bands and DJs who are about to make it big!

As well as a line-up of music, the Jägerhaus will also have interactive elements such as the Entrance Tunnel, which greets guests with a sensory experience of mist made up of some of the 56 herbs and spices used to create Jägermeister. Several bars will also be located throughout the Jägerhaus, serving Jägermeister’s perfect serve: the Ice Cold Shot as well as Black Spice (Jägermeister Spice and Cola) and Root56 – Jägermeister’s new, refreshing summer serve, comprised of Jägermeister and ginger beer with a garnish of lime and cucumber!

See you in the fields,

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

A thank you to all Kendal Callers from our supported charities


We’ve received some lovely messages from some of the charities we’ve all supported over the years. Thanks to everyone (that’s you guys!) for being so generous in helping raise over £100,000 so far!

 This year we have raised over £10,000 for the Cumbria Flood Appeal so lets keep going and see if we can smash last years total!

To read more and view all the charities we support, please click here.


Alder Hey Children’s Charity provides vital funds to make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class patient-friendly hospital which sees over 270,000 young patients and their families every year.



We are extremely grateful to Kendal Calling for supporting the charity Guide Dogs. Guide Dogs firmly believe losing your sight shouldn’t mean losing your independence, confidence and freedom too.

The money donated by Kendal Calling will change the lives of people like teenager Liam. Liam lost his sight suddenly at just five years old, and doctors still don’t know why. Since being partnered with guide dog George, Liam says

“Life is good and with George by my side, I’m continuing to become more independent, confident and looking to the future.” – Guide Dogs.


Zoe Casson, community fundraiser for Cumbria and North Lancashire said: “The charity relies solely on donations of this kind to keep us operational and save lives.”  Speaking of Kendal Calling Liz Gorman, donations administrator said “Without people like you, we simply couldn’t continue to operate our helicopters and save lives every single day of the year.”


See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x


Contact form gremlin!


We appear to have had an email gremlin and many emails sent through the websites contact form have not reached our inbox. If you haven’t received a reply over the last 3 weeks, huge apologies!

We have your messages now and are doing our best to reply to each and everyone one of you in the next 48-72 hours so please bear with us over the next couple of days while we get on top of over 1000 messages!


Once again, apologies to those affected and thanks for bearing with us over the next couple of days.



Important news!


At KCHQ we’re out to make it the best year it’s ever been. Following your feedback we are welcoming some fab new improvements to the festival for 2016.


  • Same capacity
  • Shiny, new vehicle parking passes with directions on the reverse – This is your vehicle ticket
  • Improved communication
  • InthefieldsLIVE twitter handle
  • Emperor’s fields campsites: Late Night Owls, Early Risers & Family Fun
  • New Emperor’s fields information point

Same capacity

For the first time ever we’re not increasing the capacity of the festival and welcoming back the same amount of festival goers to the fields.

New Vehicle Pass

We’ve gone through all your feedback from last year and as always look at making improvements on the previous year. Getting you to the fields smoothly is one of our top priorities and since the festival last year we have been working closely with relevant authorities, improving our traffic management plan and reviewing our communication with you, the Kendal Callers.

We’ve upgraded all our car parking passes to ensure that your arrival to site is easier, quicker and smoother this year. So, all customers who get complimentary parking (Deer Lodge, Emperor’s fields and Accessible customers) AND those who purchase a general car parking or live in vehicle ticket will recieve a super car parking pass which will hang from your rear view mirror. This is your vehicle ticket. 

It will not only get you into the fields faster but it comes equipped with some handy directions in the reverse to guarantee your ride into KC2016 is stress free! – Look out for these in the post siting nicely in with your ticket and make sure to hang them on your rear view mirror on your journey to the fields – easy as pie!

Customers heading to the general admission and Emperor’s fields* car parks will need to follow signs to RED GATE.

Live in vehicle*, accessible*, deer lodge* car parks and pick up / drop off will need to follow signs to GREEN GATE.

*These must be pre-agreed / ordered.

In order to make this work in the best possible way we need your help – If you haven’t already purchased a car parking ticket you can do this HERE, this will allow us to get you and your vehicle in quicker on arrival to the fields and easily distinguish which gate you need to arrive at.

Improved Communication & new weekend specific Twitter group

We will be providing pre-event info to all our festival goers via our website and social media and info email that you will receive in July. Within this there will be everything from what you need to bring, getting to the fields, where to camp, where the key facilities are; such as first aid, welfare, info and water points to where you can buy the toothbrush you forgot! We’ll be encouraging you to follow our ‘inthefieldsLIVE‘ twitter handle so you can have up to the minute news and updates direct from the KC16 event team.

Emperors Fields

We will be splitting the Emperor’s fields campsites into three sections; Late Night Owls, Early Risers and Family Fun. On arrival to Emperor’s fields you will see signposts directing you to these area’s. We need your help (again) on arrival please camp in the most suitable area for you and your friends/family so as everyone will enjoy their time in the Deer Park. With your Emperor’s field ticket you can choose one of these area’s on arrival.

We will also have an information point located in the Emperor’s field campsite which will be open 9am – 9pm to answer any queries and questions you might have.

Virgin Trains


We have once again teamed up with Virgin Trains to offer you all a 25% discount if you book now. Please head to the Virgin Trains page, here, for more info and to book!


We look forward to seeing you in July,


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x


The Jagerhaus is back!


Back for 2016 is our Jagerhaus area! It’s full to the brim of the freshest new bands & DJ’s who are about to make it big, as well as intriguing interactive elements, and brilliant bars serving the finest ice cold Jägermeister you can get in any fields, anywhere!

We’ll be announcing the line-up very soon so keep your eyes peeled on news and social.

Jason Manford to headline our Soapbox Stage!


This year the Soapbox Stage is back with a HUGE line-up bursting at the seams with some of the best loved charming comedians, a belly full of laughs and enough gags to fill a whole weekend with.

Gag Reflex present Comedy at the Soapbox

Our friends at Gag Reflex have booked an amazing line-up of comedy that will see your sides hurting from laughing too much and your laughter lines more prominent. You’ll certainly have enough fun in the Soapbox tent to last you a lifetime.

Headlining the Soapbox stage is one of the nation’s favourite household names Jason Manford!

Other highlights include Justin Moorhouse who is suitably known for ‘charming the pants off crowds’, Rob Rouse with his cheeky banter, the inherent roguish twinkle of Steve Shanyaski and award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Gallaghan.

Check out the full Soapbox Comedy line-up here.

Film fans, our cinema line-up is revealed!


Are you a big film fanatic? Or just love settling down and watching a classic comedy armed with plentiful tub of popcorn and some irresistible ice-cream? If so, then welcome to the Kendal Calling cinema!

Returning by popular demand our cinema is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the festival where film fans of all ages can enjoy big blockbusters, kid’s favourites and cult classics.

This year’s line-up features firm favourites, so without further a do head over to view the full line-up, originally trailers and film synopsis of our all cast movie mix!

now showing




See you in the fields,


Andy, Ben & the KC Team x



Milburn plus more acts have been added to our line-up!

Milburn 2016

With #KC16 fast approaching, we’ve added a few new exciting additions!

Adding to our already jam-packed Main Stage line-up is indie rock band Milburn who have reformed 10 years after releasing their first debut album and The Chadelics who have gained a strong following through-out Cumbria.

New to the Calling Out stage is The Rainband who have already had high praise from both Liam and Noel Gallagher and new Leeds four-piece band Skinny Living. Back for a fourth consecutive year of indie disco mayhem is Baggy Monday’s.

Completing the House Party stage is Hardwicke Circus who are on the track for super-stardom!

Plus, we’ve got Kiko Bun bringing some reggae to the Glow Stage, combining his deep love of Jamaican roots with his crisp young London bass culture and multi-faceted poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Tiggs Da Author.

We’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & KC Team x

Off Axis Partnership!


In a festival first we’re delighted to announce a pioneering new partnership with Off Axis to showcase the cream of new talent from across the UK at this years Kendal Calling.

Off Axis is a network of independent artists from 67 towns and cities across the country, all working together to bring exceptional live music to new audiences, in a way never before possible.

You can find out more at http://www.whatisoffaxis.com/for-fans/ and see what all the fuss is about at our Woodlands Stage this summer.

Bands involved in the Kendal Calling / Off Axis festival initiative include Ded Rabbit (Edinburgh), Liberty Ship (Sheffield), Kelvin (Glasgow), Where Fires Are (Leeds), Dorey The Wise (Hastings), New York Tourists (Blackburn), Colour (Liverpool) and Signals (Southampton) plus many more!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x